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Gritty thriller Out of the Furnace began shooting today, adds Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker

Apr. 13, 2012by: Alex Maidy

It was announced today that filming has begun on Scott Cooper's (CRAZY HEART) crime drama OUT OF THE FURNACE. The recent rumors of Woody Harrelson joining the movie have been confirmed along with word that Forest Whitaker is joining the cast as well. Christian Bale is leading the pack of Oscar winners and nominees that also includes Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, and Zoe Saldana.

The press release makes it clear that OUT OF THE FURNACE is the "current title" of the film, which likely means we will not be calling it by this title for long. Filming began in the mill towns of Pennsylvania and will move to the Pittsburgh area as well.

OUT OF THE FURNACE tells a story about fate, circumstance and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

Saldana plays Bale’s love interest Lena Warren and Shepard plays Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle. Harrelson plays the brutal crime boss Harlan DeGroat and Whitaker plays Wesley Barnes, the Sheriff of Braddock.

No word on a release date yet, but stay tuned as this sounds like it is going to be a heck of a film.

Extra Tidbit: Name one bad Christian Bale movie. I dare you.

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3:54PM on 02/21/2013

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I just wanted to say Reign of Fire wasn't that bad of a movie. I liked it.
I just wanted to say Reign of Fire wasn't that bad of a movie. I liked it.
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5:11PM on 04/15/2012
Newsies?
Newsies?
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7:06AM on 04/14/2012

BAD FILM FROM ...

.. Mr. Gonna trash your lights? No such thing. (P.S. Christian is my favourite actor, I get a kick from his little runt on T4 set ...) :D
.. Mr. Gonna trash your lights? No such thing. (P.S. Christian is my favourite actor, I get a kick from his little runt on T4 set ...) :D
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6:06PM on 04/13/2012
Harsh Times
Terminator Salvation
Captain Corelli's Mandolin

I have been a Christian Bale fan for more than a decade, but he's been a in a few bad films, like everyone else.
Harsh Times
Terminator Salvation
Captain Corelli's Mandolin

I have been a Christian Bale fan for more than a decade, but he's been a in a few bad films, like everyone else.
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6:21PM on 04/13/2012
I actually liked Harsh Times and Bales funny accent. it's not perfect in any way though, just good ol entertainment
I actually liked Harsh Times and Bales funny accent. it's not perfect in any way though, just good ol entertainment
8:00AM on 04/14/2012
Bale's accent in Harsh Times was spot on.

But yeah, Reign of Fire was kind of dumb. Bale's got a lifetime of goodwill though after American Psycho.
Bale's accent in Harsh Times was spot on.

But yeah, Reign of Fire was kind of dumb. Bale's got a lifetime of goodwill though after American Psycho.
7:17AM on 04/15/2012
Thumbs down ? haha
Come on! Harsh Times is a terrible mess and Terminator Salvation is, well, Terminator Salvation. Nothing else needs to be said.
Thumbs down ? haha
Come on! Harsh Times is a terrible mess and Terminator Salvation is, well, Terminator Salvation. Nothing else needs to be said.
5:42PM on 04/13/2012
I've been waiting for Scott Cooper's next project and this sounds amazing. Great premise, great actors, great director.
I've been waiting for Scott Cooper's next project and this sounds amazing. Great premise, great actors, great director.
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5:35PM on 04/13/2012
Reign of Fire is an awful movie. And Shaft. Just saying. Huge Christian Bale fan, he is my all time favorite actor behind Clint Eastwood.
Reign of Fire is an awful movie. And Shaft. Just saying. Huge Christian Bale fan, he is my all time favorite actor behind Clint Eastwood.
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5:35PM on 04/13/2012

Bad Christian Bale Movie

Batman Begins
Batman Begins
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5:36PM on 04/13/2012
You sir, I disagree with you wholeheartedly but respect your opinion.
You sir, I disagree with you wholeheartedly but respect your opinion.